A Christmas Tea 2017



“If you find you have some time, how wonderful it would be, if we could have a little chat and share a cup of Christmas tea.”

“A Cup Of Christmas Tea”

Tom Hegg 



Hello sweet friends.

Please join me for an old fashioned holiday party…

A Christmas Tea





I’ve been waiting a whole year to invite you!

 Christmas Tea 2016



And made sure to schedule it so that my holiday decorations would be up.



For as long as I can remember during the first week of December over 20 years I’ve hosted a Christmas Tea.



This year I invited a few ladies from the church I attend.







I’ve learned that a Christmas Tea is very special.



It’s a perfect time to share the message of Hope, Peace, and  Love, with those around you.



 For me it’s a tradition given from the heart … steeped in love. 



🎄Menu for A Christmas Tea🎄


(recipe from Martin Oaks Bed & Breakfast

Dundas, Minnesota)

“9” unbaked pie shell

10-oz package frozen chopped spinach

1 medium minced onion

5 separated eggs

1 cup milk or half-and-half cream

8-oz package cream cheese at room temperature

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 large can mushroom pieces and stems

1 teaspoon tarragon leaves

Salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Have unbaked pie shell ready before beginning to prepare quiche batter. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. Saute onion in butter until translucent.



Beat egg yolks until light. Add milk, cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese, and beat well.



Add cooked spinach, onion, mushrooms, tarragon leaves, salt, and pepper. Wash beaters, then beat egg whites until firm.



Fold egg whites into above mixture and pour into pie shell.



Bake until top is brown (about 15-20 minutes). Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until a knife blade inserted in center comes out clean (about 45 minutes – 1 hour)

 Serves 6-8



🍰Dessert Menu:🍮

This year I decided to prepare the quiche and let Nicole owner of The Garden House Teacart cater all the other yummies. If you happen to live on the Oregon coast and need some yummy tea food Nicole’s your gal!



Cherry almond shortbread tartlet, raspberry dark chocolate shortbread tartlet, peppermint brownie truffle, spiced coconut snowball truffle, pumpkin spice petit four, orange chocolate scones and cranberry pecan scones,


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A Christmas Story


“A good life is a collection of happy moments.” ~Dennis Waitley



 Greetings as we enter the Christmas season!




For me the holiday season began in the Fall and continues through for several months



with different celebrations and traditions.





I  transition from Fall items to Christmas decor by adding simple small touches.



Experimenting with new and fun ways to share a little beauty for this very blessed season.



This past weekend Joe and I attended the musical, ‘A Christmas Story’. A particular song caught my attention.



The words spoke of special moments, like snowflakes…



uniquely beautiful and gone so quickly.



I pondered about how I will be creating my own Christmas Story in the coming month.



No doubt it will include delighting in the art of home.

how about you?

Blessings for this special, celebratory time of year.


Speaking of delight…



Let me share with you a delightfully easy recipe. One in which you can use all those leftovers from Thanksgiving. I have to admit that I’m not usually big on left-overs. However anything that includes biscuits, & mashed potatoes count me in!






1 package (10 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables, cooked



1 cup diced cooked turkey

1 can (10  3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup. ( I also used cream of mushroom)

1 can ( 16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky layers refrigerated




Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine vegetables, turkey & soup; mix well. Press each biscuit into 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4 inch rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup turkey mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling toward center; pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan.



These mini pot pies came out great! What I liked about them was they are super easy to prepare & you can substitute whatever you have on hand as a filling.



I added mash potatoes on top. I also don’t eat meat so I prepared extra vegetable mixture for mine.  Enjoy!


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This is going to be the “Best Day Of My Life”. ..♡


💕There are memories which will be close to our hearts forever….💕~Marcia



Here’s a re~post from a fb memory. It is from 2013. One of my last birthday celebrations while still living in California. I just had to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it. btw….have you ever had or given a surprise birthday party?



This Is Going To Be The Best Day Of My Life

Hello,  Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage.  I’m so thrilled to see you today, because it’s my birthday!.. And I feel like I’ve been celebrating all month! Oh wait. .  I have! I’m feeling very grateful today. Grateful for my health, grateful for my charming and adoring husband. .. grateful for the best furry kids ever. ..Grateful for many friends… and very grateful for  a few very near and dear ones. All of which are part of my wonderful life. Oh and of course I’m grateful for YOU. Thank you for stopping by. I’d love to share a moment of the absolute BEST day of my life. . Its called “A Surprise Birthday Party!”


Ummmm. “Joe… Why are our neighbors partying on our deck?)



“Oh my goodness. ..” this is when I heard the lovely heavenly voices of family and friends singing “Happy Birthday”. ..♡and at that moment, I did fall totally apart. Don’t worry dear friend. . It was a good falling apart.







Thank you sweet Heather for holding Cami for me.  Hi Madeline and Katie!



My family. ..Manny, Leticia, Danny and Edith.♡



Our neighbors…And friends…



How did Becky and Beatrice keep it from me!




Sister Eileen and Margo had lots to talk about. ..♡



My forever sassy friend Donna… Who I later  found out was a little under the weather. .. But she said she just had to be there. .. Now I’m all teary eyed again. ♡



All these ladies are so beautiful. .. inside and out.


Becky’s fabulous apple cider…everyone wanted the recipe.

She even brought her adorable colorful mugs.

Below is a surprise birthday gift from my high school friend Kathy. ♡ She lives in Ohio now.

Sweet little gifts. …


So much JOY…

The MOST beautiful cake in the WHOLE wide world. …♡

My dear friend Lillian. .. She became in charge of handing me ALL the beautiful gifts I received .♡(Giggle, giggle)
Lisa did a great job putting everything away again. .♡
Isn’t that a happy looking tablescape….♡
The gifts of friendship and love are precious. ♡


Dear friend. .. You must come over for tea!

Original art by folk artist Donna Moses who lives in Carmel,  Ca. (One of my fave places) ♡Thank you cousin Richard!











Party planner and photographer extraordinaire,  Pat looks awfully proud of herself too! Xoxo. ..

” The Best Day of my Life” .. The day was so special. … When I look at the JOY I felt… being surrounded by such wonderful special friends,  and family who are part of my life. I love you all! Thank you for being a part of my celebration. I know I’m the luckiest,  and most JOYFUL lady alive. ♡

A celebratory 29th!


Partners in crime. .. The one on the left is my cousin Richard. The one on the right is my adoring partner and husband on this wonderful journey we call life.♡

Thank you for stopping by my friend,  and helping me share my joy.  I hope you have the BEST day ever. ♡


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Remember: It’s Just A Big ‘Chicken’



“It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.”~Phyllis Diller

How has your week been?



Mine has been a mixture of pre-holiday traditions, pre-paring for Thanksgiving


a little decorating





Are there traditions that you have which signify the start of the Holidays?



A Holiday tradition Joe and I began early in our marriage was attending a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet.


Since moving to the Oregon coast, Thanksgiving has brought the opportunity for new experiences. Each Thanksgiving seems to bring different people to the table.



This year Joe is preparing the worlds greatest turkey, gravy, & dressing.😉



I’m preparing the world’s best broccoli rice cheese casserole. 😉



with that being said…



an important thing I’ve learned and try to practice is to let go of unrealistic expectations.



Recently I  read a great article about how not to stress out over Thanksgiving (specifically preparing a turkey) the suggestion was to think of it turkey as a big chicken. and skip all the fuss. What’s not important is feeling that things have to be perfect. Thanksgiving is about connecting. Sharing ourselves with others. It’s really a giving feast where everyone is asked to bring something and then gathering together to share in the banquet of giving thanks.


 Thanksgiving Blessings!

now for that recipe….




World’s Best Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole


2 boxed frozen broccoli chopped

3/4 cup onion chopped



2 cups uncooked instant rice



3/4 cup celery chopped

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 16-oz jar cheese whiz or velveeta

1 stick butter melted

1 cup milk optional

1 box fresh or canned mushroom sliced, (optional)



Cook broccoli and rice; combine with all other ingredients. Place in buttered 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.




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604 Posts Later


“Pain alone is not the enemy: the real enemy is fear, and resistance.”~The Buddha



This is the month of gratitude so thank you for being a part of my life.


(if by chance this is your first visit)



I just recently celebrated a fourth year of blogging and realized that when I first began I knew just a few of you. Over the years as I got to know you better I learned that you are Smart, Lovely, Fashion Oriented, Garden Inspired, Spirit filled readers…😘

and friends!



During that first year I posted “Getting To Know You” today I’d like to take a moment and re-introduce myself.



This is one of my favorite tea cups. Six years ago a student gave it to me at the end of the school year.

my last year of teaching



A few years later on November 1, 2013 I started a blog called Marcia’s cottage.



Back then I chatted mostly about life…

(actually still do)



in a Southern California 1920’s cottage.



Since then I have moved to the Oregon coast



created a new blog life chatting about…(life still)

living in a 1946 beach cottage…



and here we are!

 now what?


let’s begin!



This photo was taken in March, 2014.  I had asked (dragged) my sweet husband Joe to take a photo (who thank goodness is patient,  kind, confident and adoring) he told me that he gets nervous whenever I ask him to take photos. I said “why?” he replied that he thinks I’m a perfectionist. Ha! Ha! Ha!



oh… btw… when I saw the first photo I thought…

okay better take a selfie.



So alright… I am a perfectionist…


a nice one 

with that being said… Here’s the new and improved investigative journalism scoop on me and since I want to be open and honest with you… 


I’d like to begin with I’m quite a contradiction.



1. I like the smell of something new

2. I LOVE really old things that look like they’re ready to fall apart (and often do)

3. I didn’t enjoy school studying

4. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Child Development, California Elementary teaching credential, &  Masters Degree in Education

5. I really wanted to be a 👩‍✈️ Flight Attendant

6. I am afraid of heights

7. I never wanted to be a teacher

8. I taught elementary school for 40 years oops… typo meant 30 felt like 100 (just kidding)

9. I am a little of OCD



10. I lied… Seriously OCD

11. I tend to be a little picky



12. Sorry I lied again I’m terribly picky and please forgive me for not being honest. (I will try to do better next time)



13. I love fashion

14. I think I never have anything to wear

15. I love the smell of meat on the barbecue

16. I am a vegetarian

17. I love Paris in the Springtime

18. I would travel to Paris anytime



19. I love to host Tea Parties

20. I prefer coffee over tea



I’m thinking this might be a good place to insert one of my fun recipes for the week since (the music most likely has stopped) and this list is beginning to look a bit Craig~zie (crazy?)   

Okay just have to say one more thing~y

#21. I thought I might enjoy Blogging

#22. I love Blogging!


605  posts l.a.t.e.r


how’s about a little scoop about you?


Here’s that fun recipe I mentioned earlier




1 tablespoon butter

60 club crackers



2 (11 oz.) bags caramels, melted according to package directions (*you can also use caramel ice cream topping)



 confession: I ate several caramels while preparing 

10 oz. pecan halves, chopped

1 (11.5 oz.) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips




Line a 9×13 pan with foil. Butter foil.

Arrange half of the crackers in the bottom of buttered pan in a flat layer.



Pour 1/3 of the melted caramel over crackers in pan and spread caramel into an even layer. Sprinkle half of pecans on top of caramel and then top pecans with 1/3 more of the caramel on top. Top caramel layer with the remaining crackers. Pour remaining caramel on top of crackers and spread caramel into an even layer.



In medium sized microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.


Pour over caramel & spread evenly. Top with remaining pecans. Let cool until chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour in the fridge. Cut into bars and serve! (If you cool these in the fridge to speed up the process, they will be hard to cut right out of the fridge because the caramel will be really hard. Let them warm up a little before attempting to cut them & then they will cut easily with a sharp knife. These can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.


*I suggest using the caramel ice cream topping as opposed to melting the caramels. The caramels became extremely hard (as in really hard) I’m thinking that the softer filling will be much better.







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